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Image 22 of Kentucky New Era March 17, 2012

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C2 Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, 2012 | LIVING | www.kentuckynewera.com Cleaner hopes to dust off some new clients DEAR AMY: I have been using national cleaning firm to have poradic cleaning done in my ome. Recently, the woman who as been doing the cleaning called nd told me that she no longer orked for the national company. She said she had started her wn company. The reason I contracted with the ompany in the first place is beause I felt assured that all taxes tc. were paid and the workers ere legal. However, this woman did a suerb job and is very, very nice. Should she be calling customers f her former employer? Should I hire her to do my cleanng? — Leaning Toward Cleaning DEAR LEANING: This woman as the right to start her own usiness and pursue clients from er former client list, and you ave the right to hire her. It would be unethical if she ere still employed by the cleanng company and pursued your usiness on the side, but it doesn’t ound as if she is doing this. It would also be unethical (to ay the least) if she didn’t personlly clean for you and lifted your ontact information from the emloyer with an eye toward poachng your business. If you like and trust her and if he is a competent cleaner, then sk to see a contract, read it careully and make sure she is followng the legal guidelines that are mportant to you. DEAR AMY: About five years go, my husband of 15 years left e and moved on to a relationship ith another woman. After the split, I found out that e had cheated on me a few times uring our marriage. The split hit me hard, and I went through a depression for which I got counseling. Despite this, we have remained on fairly friendly terms. We have three children together. He was injured on the job recently and is off work for six weeks. Shortly after his injury, he told me via text message that his girlfriend was leaving him. He suggested that we sit down and discuss what went wrong with our relationship (something he refused to do when we first split up). He said he wanted to try to mend some bridges, so to speak. He also implied that maybe we could eventually become “more” than friends. I don’t know how to take this. On the one hand, part of me still AMY loves the guy and DICKINSON n would love to get back together, but you know the saying “Once bitten, twice shy.” Do I really want to go through that heartache all over again? “Once a cheater, always a cheater,” I think. All the same, I am so confused! Help! — Dazed and Confused DEAR DAZED: This is your opportunity to finally take the wheel of the runaway metaphor otherwise known as your ex-husband. He is laid up. He is bored. He wants to feel good. Who knows — maybe he needs someone to pick up some groceries for him or grab ASK AMY him a beer from the fridge. Definitely mend any bridges in need of repair. But do so over coffee, and from across the room. This is a guy who doesn’t want to be alone. DEAR AMY: The letter from “Concerned Parent” prompted me to write. This parent’s son was extremely slow to perform tasks. This boy sounds like me when I was his age. I was a below-average student until I took physics in high school. I got an A without much studying. After flunking a couple of subjects in college, I enlisted in the Air Force with exceptional scores in electronics and mechanics. I rose to the top of the class and received outstanding achievement awards. While a student, I competed with instructors. I have achieved great success over the course of my long career. I believe the key is that I was presented with something that caught my interest and made sense. Traditional education seems to follow a “one size fits all” pattern. The task of parents, educators and counselors is to uncover the child’s interests and help him explore. Who knows, he may be another Einstein! — Been There DEAR BEEN THERE: Or another you — which would also be an achievement. SEND QUESTIONS via email to askamy@tribune.com or by mail to Ask Amy, Chicago Tribune, TT500, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Amy Dickinson’s memoir,“The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter and the Town that Raised Them”(Hyperion), is available in bookstores. ©2012 BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE Keep poisonous products out of children’s hands his upcoming week is Poison Prevention Week. It’s a good time to think about what you may have around your house or yard that may be poisonous to children and adults. The following tips from SafeKids USA are worth following considering each year since 1999, an average of 101 children ages 14 years and under died as a result of unintentional poisoning. n Store potentially poisonous household products and medications locked out of your child’s sight and reach. Read labels to find out what is poisonous. Unsafe household products include toilet cleaners, bleach, oven cleaners and dishwasher products. Other potential hazards include medicines, makeup, plants, toys, pesticides, art supplies and alcohol. n Never leave poisonous products unattended while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for a moment on the phone or at the door. Be aware of poisons that may be in your handbag. Store handbags out of the reach of young children. MARSHA n Never refer to medicine as O. PARKER n candy or say it tastes like candy. Buy child-resistant packages when available and keep pills and liquid in their original containers. Store medications out of child’s sight and reach and be safe when administering medicines to your children. n NEVER mix cleaning products. Use child safety locks on cabinets where you have stored poisonous items. n Learn the toll-free nationwide poison control center number (800-222-1222) or keep it near every phone. n If you suspect your child has been poisoned, stay calm. If the product has first aid instructions, read and follow these as best you can. Then call the Poison Control Center immediately Take the product to the . phone and call 800-222-1222. DO NOT wait for symptoms if you think there may have been a poisoning. If your child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911. Poison control centers offer fast, free, confidential help in English and Spanish. Most poisonings are resolved over the phone. The number works from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day 7 days a , week. Follow the operator’s instructions. n Do not make the child vomit or give him anything unless directed. Childproofing your home is important for not only parents but for all adults that have small children to visit. T EXTENSION NOTES MARSHA O. PARKER is the Christian County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She can be reached at 270-886-6328. ONGOING MEETINGS CLUBS AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Lou’s Academy and Training Center’s 4H Club, for children ages 9 and older, will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at the club. The club’s activities include photography, communications, scrapbooking, planting and cooking. For more information, call the center at 270-886-3654. The Watercolor Artists Guild of Trigg, Lyon and Caldwell County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the John L. Street Library, Cadiz. The group offers workshops by area artists and field trips to art museums, shares hints and learns about improving painting techniques. On the third Monday of the month, the group meets at the George Coon Library. For more information, contact Jean Martin at 270-522-7994, Charly Morgan at 270-365-3532 or Jan Farley at 270- 522-0460. Also, go online to www.wag-tlc.com. The Edge Drama and Discipleship Group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Elevation Teen Center. For more information, call Angela Felty at 270-348-0030. Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge, South Main Street. The Jefferson Davis Birthplace Camp No. 1675 of Sons of the Confederate Veterans will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Shoney’s Restaurant. The Ladies Auxiliary of Elks Lodge No. 545 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the lodge at 203 S. Main St. n The Winners Group Narcotics Anonymous has several meetings throughout the week at The Bus Stop, 319 E. Ninth St. The group’s helpline is 270-885-0732. n 7 p.m. open meeting today. n 7 p.m. open meeting Sunday. n 7 p.m. closed meeting Tuesday. n 7 p.m. open meeting Wednesday. n 7 p.m. open meeting Thursday. n 7 p.m. closed meeting Friday. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 8 p.m. Sunday at Volta House, Western State Hospital. For more information, call 270-886-1697 or 800-606-6047. Just for Today, an all-women’s AA meeting, is at the Coffee Connection, 910 S. Main St., every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. East End Alcoholics Anonymous has several meetings throughout the week at the Rebos Club. For more information, call 270-886-1697 or 800-6066047. n 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Rebos Club. n 6 p.m. big-book study meeting Monday at the First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, 1503 S. Main St. The Never Alone Again group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Elkton. ABC Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center. This is a non-smoking meeting. For more information, call 270-304-5112. AA Cadiz Sober Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cadiz First Methodist Church. Narcotics Annonomous will be at 7 p.m nightly, Monday through Saturday at the Winner’s Group Bus Stop, 319 E. Ninth St. Closed meetings will be Tuesdays and Fridays. For more more information, call 270-885-0732 or 877-708-6414. Little River Bridge Club meets at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hopkinsville Country Club. If a partner is needed, call Jackie Johnson at 270-885-8240. Parents Without Partners will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Governor’s Square Mall, Clarksville, Tenn. SUPPORT GROUPS The Cumberland Heights Alumni and Family Aftercare will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church. For more information, call 270-889-0215. Hungry Spirits Alcoholics Anonymous has several meetings throughout the week at the Rebos Club, 102 Higgins St. off Russellville Road. All meetings are open to smokers except the 5:30 p.m. Thursday open meeting. For more information, call 270-886-1697 or 800606-6047. n Noon and 5:30 p.m. open meetings today. n 9 a.m. open meeting Sunday. n Noon and 5:30 p.m. open meetings Monday. n Noon and 5:30 p.m. open meetings Tuesday. n Noon and 5:30 p.m. open meetings Wednesday. n Noon and 5:30 p.m. open meetings Thursday. n Noon and 5:30 p.m. open meetings Friday. n 7:30 p.m. open meeting Saturday. Learning to Live With Cancer, a support group for cancer patients and their families, will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Room E on the lower level of the Doctor’s Pavilion at Jennie Stuart Medical Center. For more information, call the RESPOND Center at 270-8819551. A Parent Support Group will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sanctuary House Inc., 210 E. Ninth St. Please enter on the Liberty Street side. Anyone interested should call 270-885-5421 for details. Child care is provided. Al Anon will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at St. John United Methodist Church, 2808 S. Virginia St. Nar-Anon will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Volta Treatment Center at Western State Hospital, 2400 Russellville Road. Sanctuary House support group for victims of domestic violence will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information or the location, call 270-886-8174. Celebrate Recovery — Buffalo Lick will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Lick Baptist Church, 2799 Wallonia Road, Cadiz. This group is a Bible-based recovery program designed by Saddleback Church, Lake Forrest, Calif. The program, written by John Baker, considers the eight principles of Matthew 5 and the 12 steps of recovery from a biblical standpoint. The mission offers food, fellowship, worship, step-study and small group support meetings that assist individuals in overcoming the obstacles in their life. For more information, call 270-235-5629, or Wayne Hewell at 270-235-5344. Celebrate Recovery will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Fridays at Edgewood Baptist Church for a meal, followed by worship at 6:45 p.m. and small groups at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 270-886-4461. FITNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS Weight Watchers has meetings twice a week at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 920 Skyline Drive. n Weigh-in at 11:30 a.m. and a meeting at noon Tuesday. n Weigh-in at 5 p.m. and a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lose Weight — Feel Great meets at Lou’s Academy, 4010 Madisonville Road, Monday through Friday. For more information, call 270-885-3654. Hopkinsville Women’s Rugby Team is recruiting. Practice at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday behind Christian County High School. No experience necessary to join. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Kentucky No. 174 will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Recreation Department. For more information, call 270-886-1910, 270886-7321 or 270-886-1822 after 5 p.m. Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday at First Christian Church. Call 270-4980150 for information. Zumba classes will be offered at the Memorial Building, 1202 S. Virginia St., at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and Thursday. The first class is free, but additional one-hour classes are $5 each. For more information, call Connie Sue Isom at 270-498-1114. Zumba at 6-7 p.m. Mondays at Good Shepherd Church, Sanderson Drive. Classes are $5 each. For more information, call Maria Bur- gos at 270-839-2272. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Tennessee No. 329 will meet at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Lee Community Center, Fort Campbell. For more information, call Vicki at 615-552-3518 after 4 p.m. St. John United Methodist Church Aerobics meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the church’s activities building. For more information, call 270-8811726. Lou’s Academy offers free Zumba classes Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 4010 Madisonville Road. KEEPING INFORMED The Clarksville-Fort Campbell Educational Opportunity Center will meet from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday with Marissa Chandler at the Regional Tech Building at Hopkinsville Community College. The service offers adults (18 years and older) career counseling, financial aid information, information to area and colleges and technical schools. This is a free community service. For more information or make an appointment, call the main office at 800-351-3382. Senior Medicare Patrol will host Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud. The Pennyrile Allied Community Services provides a free service to Medicare recipients and or caregivers; assists with resources for extra help to pay for Part D premium; provides answers about Medicare concerns; provides understanding of MSN summaries; enrolls clients in Part D drug plans; provides resources to help get your Part B premium paid; reports fraud, waste or abuse in the Medicare Program; and provides supplemental insurance information; Also, Volunteers are needed to help "spread the word" about SMP. Call for more information. Hours: Mon- Fri 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact Edith Lewis, SMP Coordinator. Call to make an appointment, 270-886-6341 or 800-2640643. The Pennyrile Allied Community Services Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is offering free tax preparation services to residents of Christian county. This service will be provided at the PACS offices at 1100 S. Liberty St. in Hopkinsville, Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. until noon, beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 11. Anyone is eligible for this service but priority will be given to individuals who are age 60 or older. Service is by appointment only. Appointments are now being scheduled so interested persons should call the PACS office at 270-886-6341 to schedule a time to have their taxes prepared. In order to have their 2011 taxes prepared by our trained volunteers, individuals must bring, at a minimum, the following documentation: Proof of Identity (such as a valid drivers' license or other government issued picture ID); Copies of last year's (2010) Kentucky and Federal returns; Verification of Social Security numbers for each person, including dependents, listed on the return and any forms verifying income to be reported, such as W2s, 1098s and 1099s or deductions to be taken. For more information, call Garrott Lyons, RSVP coordinator, at 270-886-6341 or email garrott.l@pacs-ky.org. The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Hopkinsville is open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at 5817 Fort Campbell Blvd., near the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West. Veterans and their families will be provided counseling and assistance in filing claims for state and federal benefits. This is a free service provided by the state of Kentucky. Veterans should bring a copy of discharge (DD-214) and any other pertinent documents to support their claim. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Hope King, field representative for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, at 270-889-6105 or 800-9289622. STAYING ACTIVE A.W. Watts Senior Center offers a large variety of activities for area seniors including exercise classes and equipment, indoor walking, blood pressure checking, $3 lunch, card playing and pool rooms and a $6 country western dance every Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. The Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center can help find out what financial help seniors may be eligible for from the government. To schedule a resource assessment, call Bruce Carver at 270-886-9484 or 866-844-4396. Alley Cat Pub LLC., 3001 Canton Pike, has regular weekly events; open mic nite come sing, play or just listen - on Thursday, DJ Bruce Wayne on Friday and a live band Saturday. Food and beer specials every night. Kids 10 and younger eat free Tuesdays. There are pool tables and video games for children. Bands interested in performing should call Eddie Shelton at 890-9911-PUB or 245-7460. The YMCA has several upcoming and private programs including: guitar, Monday nights 30 min private lessons; early childhood music classes for ages 2-5 starts Feb. 6; Tae Kwon Do classes for ages 3 and up Tuesdays at the Express location in Bradford Square mall; art classes ages 6 and up Thursday evenings starts Feb. 16; dance/gym classes for ages 3 and up; soccer ages 311 registration ends Feb. 22; flag football ages 6-12 registration ends Feb. 29; cheerleading ages 4-11 registration ends Feb. 29. GROUPS THAT MEET regularly once a week will be posted in this section. If you have a regular meeting you would like to submit, call 270-887-3237 or email living@kentuckynewera.com.

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